Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Bin London' Urged Terror Camp Trainees to Outdo 7/7; Guilty: Mohammed Hamid, Main Picture, Filmed by the BBC on a Paintballing Trip in Kent. He Trained Terror Recruits with Al Qaeda Operator Atilla Ahmet, above Left

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Bin London' Urged Terror Camp Trainees to Outdo 7/7; Guilty: Mohammed Hamid, Main Picture, Filmed by the BBC on a Paintballing Trip in Kent. He Trained Terror Recruits with Al Qaeda Operator Atilla Ahmet, above Left

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Byline: PAUL CHESTON

THE terrorist mastermind who dubbed himself "Osama bin London" andtrained the 21 July bomb plotters has been convicted of soliciting murder.

Mohammed Hamid, 50, demanded his pupils carry out even more devastating attacksthan the 7/7 blitz that killed 52 commuters.

He set a target for his followers of about "six or seven atrocities" before the2012 Olympics.

He teamed up with Abu Hamza's right-hand man, Atilla Ahmet, 43, described as"the number one al Qaeda operator in Europe".

Ahmet, 43, said Parliament was a legitimate terrorist target along with "thebig people, the MPs, the police, the Army, the solicitors".

The man nicknamed Atilla the Scum by the American media told his recruits:"Kill them, you have to kill, you have to kill, brother" and boasted that 7/7was "not even a breakfast".

Hamid trained the 21 July bomb gang at remote camps across Britain where theycarried out army ambush drills and practised beheading by slicing melons.

A BBC documentary crew filmed one terror camp for the show Don't Panic I'mIslamic, believing it was a harmless fun weekend.

Some of the corporation's most senior journalists later refused to contact thepolice when Hamid told film-makers he knew the identities of the 21 Julyplotters, Woolwich crown court heard.

Tanzanian-born Hamid, of Clapton, was found guilty of three counts ofsoliciting to murder at three separate meetings at his home and three chargesof providing terrorist training.

Terrorist recruits Kader Ahmed, 20, a Somalian from Plaistow, and West IndiansMohammed Al Figari, 45, of West Norwood, and Kibley Da Costa, 25, of Tottenham,were all found guilty of joining him at al Qaeda-style camps in the LakeDistrict and Home Counties. Despite their origins, the men are all UK citizens.

The jury took 98 hours and 29 minutes to reach the verdicts, which can only bereported today after Mr Justice Pitchers lifted reporting restrictions. Ahmet,a Turkish-Cypriot turned UK citizen from Hither Green who worked as a juniorfootball coach, had earlier admitted three charges of soliciting murder.

Two other members of the cell, Mohammed Kyriacou, 19, and Yassin Mutegombwa,23, admitted attending terrorist training camps. …

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